Hibriten 72 Ashe 55
WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County was never able to recover from a sluggish first quarter that saw the Panthers outscore the Huskies, 24-10. Hibriten earned its first win of the season, 72-55.
Junior Dante Shuler led the Huskies with 13 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Judd Price added 12 points and three steals and senior big man Kendall Richardson scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds.
Malachi Poe chipped in six points, Kris Lonidier added five, Colin Ellis scored four, Grant Thompson added four and Tristen Jones rounded out the scoring with two points.
Overall, the Huskies shot 45-percent from the field and hit 7-of-16 three point shots (44-percent). Ashe was also 10-of-15 from the free throw stripe (67-percent).
Hibriten was just too strong offensively. Point guard Bishup Walton scored 14 in the first half that helped the Panthers hold a 43-26 halftime lead that Ashe just could not ever chip into.
Ashe (1-1) will now turn its attention to neighboring foes Watauga and Avery. Ashe travels to play the Pioneers on Thursday and heads to Newland to face Avery County on Friday.
Watauga is currently 2-1 with wins over Alexander Central (51-49) and Wilkes Central (70-48). The lone setback came against Avery, 63-53 in overtime on Tuesday.
Avery is off to a great start at 4-0 and is considered by many to be one of the top 1A teams in the state this year.
The Vikings easily handled Cloudland in the season opener, 64-36. Avery then took part in a holiday tournament at Mitchell County High School and added a pair of impressive wins, a 62-58 win over RS Central and a 58-52 win over 2A power Shelby.
Ashe 24, Hibriten 19
It might not have been the prettiest way to win a game, but the win is all that matters for the Lady Huskies.
Ashe County moved to 2-0 on the season with its 24-19 win over Hibriten on Tuesday.
The game was close throughout with neither team able to get their offenses going. Hibriten led by a point at the end of the first quarter, but would never lead again after Ashe took an 11-7 lead at the half and a 17-11 at the end of three.
Freshman Samantha Woods led Ashe with nine points. Sydney Kate Grubb scored six points, Chloe Sullivan had five points and Madison Warner scored four.
Woods was the top rebounder as well, pulling down 10 boards. Grubb added even rebounds, Warner had four, Lyndsi Holman snagged four rebounds and Madison Osborne had a team-leading three steals.
The Lady Huskies will face Watauga on Thursday, who currently sit at 0-3 and have struggled so far this season with a 16-point loss to Alexander Central, a 32-point defeat against Wilkes Central and a seven-point loss to Avery.
For Avery County, the Lady Vikings will enter play against Ashe on Friday with a 2-3 record. Avery has wins over Johnson County and Watauga and losses to Cloudland, RS Central and Shelby.
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